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The 11th Anniversary Edition of the Thanks Jimi Festival Happens May 1st in Wrocław, Poland

At May 1st We will attempt to brake our 2012 Guinness Record of 7,273 guitar players playing together on the song "Hey Joe" during 11th Anniversary of the Thanks Jimi Festival .

In addition to those taking part in the free event in Wrocław You can join us worldwide via the web in both organized smaller events as well as individually online at http://www.ajctv.pl

So, wherever you are, we invite YOU to join us as part of this musical union.

"With the power of soul anything is possible" ~ Jimi Hendrix

Special guests this year include:
Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Ratt)
Jennifer Batten
Preston Reed
Niki Buzz
Russian balalaika virtuoso Alexey Arkhipovsky
Ukrainian fingerstylist Roman Miroshnichenko
Hobo Blues Band
and top Polish guitar players including festival founder Leszek Cichonski, Adam Palma, Krzysztof Pelech, Wojciech Hoffman, Krzysztof Misiak, Bartek Miarka, slap bass phenomenon Wojciech Pilichowski and others.

Many bands will play throughout the day and there will be associated concerts that night.

Past guests and participants have included Leon Hendrix, Marcus Miller, Steve Morse, Hiram Bullock, Greg Koch, Al Di Meola, Tommy Emmanuel, Ten Years After, Neil Zaza and many others.

All the details on the web at:
English: http://en.heyjoe.pl
Polish: http://heyjoe.pl
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaUHD_QkBAY



'Allman Brotherhood"- a finalist The Great American Song Contest

The latest production by Leszek Cichonski - “Soba Gram” - consists of songs written and performed in rock&blues style with a bit of funky grooves . It is a concept album about rising awarnes on our planet. First song asks 'What you have in your head ?", and the last that closes the album is 'Allman Brotherhood" - the destination. 'Allman Brotherhood" is a semi-finalist The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and The UK Songwriting Contest ( in category 'Instrumental').
The song is a finalist of the Great American Song Contest as well. www.greatamericansong.com
You can listen Allman Brotherhood here Youtube



Leszek Cichonski & Stan Skibby concerts

Probably only 2 concerts in Poland will Stan Skibby and Leszek Cichonski play, but it will be double concerts:
1 part - songs from "Soba gram" album
2 part - Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, mainly songs from "Thanks Jimi" album from 2001 y.

watch part of concert of Skibby and Cichonski plaing before Deep Purple in 2009 y. Leszek Cichonski & Stan Skibby - Foxy Lady

16.11.2012 Toruń - Festiwal "Blues Meeting"
17.11.2012. Gdynia - Blues Club


Leszek Cichoński ? guit. & voc.
Tomasz Grabowy - bass
Łukasz Łyczkowski - vocal
Robert Jarmużek - keyb.
Łukasz Sobolak - drums



"Soba gram" album tour dates

The last disc : “Soba gram” were nominated to the Annual Award of Polish Music FRYDERYKI 2012.
Watch the newest clip "Co masz w głowie"

28.07. Chorzów - "Ku Przestrodze" Festiwal im. Ryska Riedla
03.08. Kostrzyń - Przystanek Woodstock, scena folkowa .
10.08.Bolesławiec - Teatr Stary, Festiwal "Blues nad Bobrem" - Mistrzowie Warsztatów BnB
15.08. Siemiatycze - Amfiteatr nad Zalewem, VIII Siemiatycze Blues Festival
01.09. Lublin - Stadion KS Lublinianka - Festiwal "Solo Życia" feat. Stan Skibby .

Leszek Cichoński ? guit. & voc.
Tomasz Grabowy - bass
Łukasz Łyczkowski - vocal
Robert Jarmużek - keyb.
Łukasz Sobolak - drums



7273 GUITARISTS - NEW OFFICIAL GUINNESS GUITAR WORLD RECORD

Dear Guitarists - Record setters!

On May 1st 2012 at the Wroclaw Main Square we set together the new Guitar Guinness Record! There were at least 7273 people playing together "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix.

This was 10th anniversary of Thanks Jimi Festival. During event we broke our record of 6,346 guitar players from May 1st 2009.
Despite that official record beating time was set to 4 P.M. first guitarists start to gather on Wroclaw Main Square around 7 A.M
"I spent all night in train, I can't imagine Guitar Record without me" Maciek from Siedlce
"We planed to arrive later, but only bus to Wroclaw was at 4 A.M. we didn't thought about it long" sisters from Bogatynia

Around noon there were no place in Main Square without giutarists
Leon Hendrix says that He had no idea that in Poland there are so many guitar fans.
Marcus Miller was so pleased with crowd of guitars that He played one song more.

Biggest star of 10th Anniversary of Thanks Jimi Festival was band Europe which concert were in evening of May 1st.



Brand new Leszek Cichonski album - "Soba Gram"

"Soba gram" is fifth in career, but first fully author album of wroclawian guitar player Leszek Cichonski. Samples of CD you can hear on site Soba gram.

Musicaly Soba gram can surprise fans - it,s mainly melodic rock songs with interesting and reflecting lyrics. There are also songs with funk and soul in it, but all of them are connected as carefully arranged, perfection of performance and great solos.

within guests invited to recordings there are known polish voices: Jorgos Skolias, Mateusz Krautwurst, Kasia Mirowska, Asia Kwasnik & debuting Lukasz Lyczkowski. Last number on CD, only one instrumental "Allman Brotherhood" is coloured by Wojciech Karolak hammond organs.

The band "Guitar Workshop" which record with Leszek Cichonski(guitar & vocal) :
Tomasz Grabowy - bass guitar
Robert Jarmuzek - piano, rhodes, keyboard
Lukasz Sobolak - drums
Lukasz Lyczkowski - vocal



John "Broadway" Tucker & Leszek Cichonski on Tour

John "Broadway" Tucker spent his childhood in Mississippi & Tennessee, and now lives in California. Tucker sung with Jimi Hendrix, Junior Walker, Billy Preston and many more blues artists.

Tour dates:
24.06 - Walbrzych - Apropos Club
25.06. - Legnica - Dni Miasta
26.06. - Ostrow Wlkp. - Centrum Kultury
27.06. - Grodzisk Maz. - Centrum Kultury
29.06. - lodz - Mandala
30.06. - Chorzow - Batory Dom Kultury
1.07. - Kraków - Mile Stone Jazz Club
2.07. - Przeworsk - Przeworsk Blues festival
3.07. - Kielce - ogrod Palacyku Zielinskiego
6.07. - Gniezno - Klub Pod Piatka
7.07. - Torun - Paloma Club
8.07. - Plock - Centrum Kultury
9.07. - Ciechanow - Centrum Kultury
10.07. - Olsztyn - Blues Night Festival



5601 guitar players on April 30 2011 in Wroclaw

This year we didn't set new Guitar Guinness Record but with 5601 guitar players, we got now three best scores:
1. 6346 - 2009 y.
2. 5601 - 2011 y.
3. 4597 - 2010 y.
on 4th position there are USA with only 2051 guitar players.

Last edition of Thanks Jimi Festival could be seen in TV all over the world in countries like: USA, Australia, Egipt, Turkey, Korea and most countries in Europe.
In this year to Thanks Jimi Festival has joined guitar players in Oslo, Cologne, Nybro, Chicago. In all those cities, many guitar fans has gathered to play Hey Joe, but to the official Guitar Guinness Record were counted only guitar players gathered in Wroclaw Main Square



Wroclaw, Poland - 9th Annual Thanks Jimi Festival to take place April 30, 2011.

the Internet Braadcast link : heyjoe.ajctv.pl
2 pm + 1 GMT Rehearsol
4pm + 1 GMT the Main Hey Joe performance

May 1, 2009 saw 6,346 guitar players join together with festival founder Leszek Cichonski and Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse at the "Thanks Jimi Festival" to play the Jimi Hendrix hit "Hey Joe" and more than tripled the standing Guinness World Record for "Largest Guitar Ensemble" of 2,052.

The featured guest for the 2011 edition was to be Gary Moore. In tribute, his Still Got the Blues will be added to the songs that will be played together this year. Additional guests include Al de Meola, Ten Years After and Neil Zaza as well as many of the best known Polish musicians including the band Acid Drinkers.

This is a free event and open to all. Other guitar players from around the world join in online (though only those present in the Wroclaw center and registered count towards the record attempt). Please watch this space or check heyjoe.pl as we will post details shortly about how YOU CAN JOIN US ONLINE from wherever you are.

Additionally, there are partnered events that take place throughout the city. Notable this year is, on April 29, Leszek Cichonski will be leading a full symphony performing arrangements of Jimi Hendrix material. Featured guests at this performance will be Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's Acoustic Trio.

The free event takes place in the historic center of Wrocław, Poland (formerly Breslau) - a city which has taken on the title of "Wroclaw Guitar City" - a title that seems merited. In fact, the Mayor, Rafał Dutkiewicz, was among those guitar players who established the current record. Festival founder and director, Leszek Cichoński, is a well-known musician and music educator in Poland and the festival was an outgrowth of one of his educational programs and has taken place - and grown - annually since 2003. One of the objectives of the organizers is to establish May 1st as "World Guitar Day" and more coordinated simultaneous events are planed for next year and beyond (the date was moved this year due to the Beautification of Pope John Paul II taking place on May 1 this year).

Further information at:
Heyjoe.pl

"I always emphasize that in this event is not about just the record", says Leszek Cichoński, originator of the event, "It is a unique group encounter with music, in which all participants are performers. You arrive with teenagers and hippies, parents with their children and children with their parents - and grandparents, to feel this amazing energy that carries the common edges. I would like to thank everyone who came to the Wrocław center, it's them who create this atmosphere and them who put my heart in my throat, when they all raise their guitars at that moment at the end of the song."

Not only has the Polish media been interested in the phenomenon of events in Wroclaw; Reuters released a live signal to foreign TV channels and Eurovision, which showed its viewers, the biggest guitar band to perform together in 2010, and the beautiful center of our city, to the world - we are touched to have had comments from those that watched from around the world. The event was also watched world-wide via our live internet connections and again saw others playing along with us including organized events in Norway, Australia, the USA and elsewhere.

A few words from Steve Morse's blog about his participation in the 2009 edition:
Steve Morse tour blog

"We just got back, and I mean, JUST got back from our gig in Poland. It was so unusual in so many ways. The crowd was basically sold out, solid from the stage to as far as we could see, outdoors. And it wasn't raining! Our opening act, Leszek Cichonski feat. Stan Skibby, was incredibly good. I had a great time reminscing with Stan, who does a Hendrix-like set with them, singing and playing. Everybody played so well, and was so down-to-earth.

Earlier today, I played onstage with them at a town square, for the Guiness book of World records. The most guitar players playing "Smoke on the Water". For sure, if they don't get the world's record, something is seriously wrong, because there were 6,000 people in front of us, with guitars, playing it! At the end of the song, they all held up their guitars, mostly acoustic, and it looked like we were in a forest. Nothing but guitars for as far as you could see. We also played "Hey Joe", which Stan sang, and everybody played along with that one. Last year, they had 1800 plus people playing along with that song. In the middle of the song today, they brought the volume way down, and you could only hear the background singers and the thousands of acoustics playing C,G,D,A,E

After that, I don't know how the gig could be any more intense. But, it was. The crowd was totally into everything, and when they sang along on "Smoke" it was the loudest ever. A lot of them were at the town square earlier, and they knew it for sure! Fantastic crowd. Don played some Chopin, which they all seemed to recognize, and knew he had Polish roots."

Thank you to everyone who took part!
You are welcome to join us in person in Wroclaw or online or contact us if you want to create a simultaneous event!

Further information at:
Myspace
Some Video on YouTube:
Slideshow of event
Queue to Registration




6,346 guitarists - a New World Guitar Record



May 1, 2009 saw 6,346 guitar players join together to play the Jimi Hendrix hit "Hey Joe" and more than tripled the standing record for "Largest Guitar Ensemble" of 2,052 set last year in Concord, California. The event took place in the historic center of Wroclaw, Poland - a city which has taken on the title of "Wroclaw Guitar City" - a title that seems merited. In fact, the Mayor, Rafał Dutkiewicz, was among those playing, as was Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse and festival founder and director, Leszek Cichoński. Cichoński is a well-known musician and music educator in Poland and the festival was an outgrowth of one of his educational programs and has taken place - and grown - annually since 2003. Beyond the 6,346 guitar players, there were thousands of spectators and supporters in the Wrocław city center as well as other guitar players taking part online and in coordinated events in Sweden, the US, Canada and Australia (though those do not count towards the record). One of the objectives of the organizers is to establish May 1st as "World Guitar Day" and more coordinated simultaneous events are planed for next year and beyond.

Now it is the German's turn as they make their attempt on May 10th in Mainz.

Further information at:
www.myspace.com/thanksjimifest Some Video on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATAbwGOzzxY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqAz2x6-VA0
Queue to Registration
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cJ-OP0q67w

we have some media reply already:
Guitar World
Modern Guitars



Play with us! May 1, 2009!

Join us in person in Wroclaw or on-line Thanks Jimi Festival - or contact us if you want to create a simultaneous event !

Play Hey Joe with TOP Polish guitarplayers Leszek Cichonski ,Krzysztof Jaworski, Marek Raduli, Mietek Jurecki, Ryszard Sygitowicz, as David Price (USA), and others. And you?
Neil Zaza (USA) , Feedback Family (Sweden), Egon Poka(Hungary) and a Great Final Concert DEEP PURPLE
Play "Smoke on the Water" with Steve Morse

GUITARISTS OF ALL COUNTRIES UNITE!!!
World Guitar Day 2007 Breaks previous Guinness World Record!!! - 1,881 guitar players playing together in Wroclaw Guitar City!!!
Read about on the BBC.
Founded in 2003 by Polish guitarist Leszek Cichonski in tribute to Jimi Hendrix, and an annual event since, the "Thanks Jimi Festival" takes place in the Rynek (Old Town Square) of the beautiful medieval city of Wroclaw (aka Breslau), Poland. The festival has grown into the largest guitar event in the world after securing the Guinness World Record for the Largest Guitar Orchestra in 2006 with 1,581 confirmed guitar players (including Wroclaw city mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz who participates every year) all playing together simultaneously (and official estimates of an additional 15,000 people in attendance). The event is transforming into the center of an annual 1st of May "World Guitar Day" and is expanding significantly with satellite events happening simultaneously around the world as well as private individuals and smaller groups being able to also take part in real time via the web.
2009 only looks to be bigger than last year's record breaker. Please join us in a day of universal, positive creative celebration and a new UNION and solidarity (this is Poland after all...) of guitar.
"With the power of soul, anything is possible" -J. Hendrix
The INCREDIBLE Thanks Jimi festival's promo-video on YouTube.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the city of Wroclaw in making this event happen! It would not be possible otherwise.
WROCLAW GUITAR CITY!
Please join us! Contact us via e-mail



F3 - New guitar project POLAND TOUR

Niel Zaza, Eric Mantel & Florian Opahle,
feat: Leszek Cichoński


Tour schedule :
07.11. - Radlin,
08.11. - Opole
09.11. - Wrocław -ALIBI
10.11. - Głubczyce
12.11. - Łódz
14.11. - Ciechanów
15.11. - Radzyń Podlaski
16.11. - Lubin



International Music Workshops

within
MEDIAWAVE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ART CAMP


László Drapán, György Ferenczi (HUN), RENE TROSSMAN (CZ/USA), LESZEK CICHONSKI (PL), RENÉ LACKO (SK)


Visegrad Blues Workshop
With the leadership of György Ferenczi
(HUN , CZ , SK , PL , AUT)
Ravazd, 20-23 July, 2008

Besides Leszek Cichonski, René Lacko, a well-known Slovakian blues-rock guitar-player virtuoso and László Drapán, a legendary keyboard and saxophone-player from Győr, many other Hungarian and foreign guest lecturers will appear in the workshop. György Ferenczi piano-, accordion-player, singer and front member of Herfli Davidson, Rackajam bands will lead the workshop more info here



Hey Jimi

Greatest hist of Jimi Hendrix in new arrangements of polish guitar virtuosos are on the new cd "Hey Jimi"

Voodoo Chile, Angel, Fire and much more played by Jan Borysewicz, Leszek Cichonski, Zbigniew Holdys, Wojciech Waglewski, Jacek Krolik & Ryszard Sygitowicz.



A new World Guitar Record was set the 1st of May

* 1951 guitars* played Jimi Hendrix's blues-rock hit 'Hey Joe' and other songs at the Old Town Square in Wroclaw, Poland, on the 1st of may 2008. This event sets a new Guinness' World Record for the largest number of guitars simultaneously playing the same song. This was the sixth attempt: last year 1881 guitars participated in the event witch was the best score in the World.

The attempt took place during the 'Thanks Jimi Festival' dedicated to the music of the world's best known guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. It was organized on the initiative of Leszek Cichonski - a respected musician and music educator from Wroclaw, Poland, who wants to attain a goal of teaching guitarists a new Hendrix's song every year.

The event is transforming into the center of an annual 1st of May "World Guitar Day" and is expanding significantly with satellite events happening simultaneously around the world as well as private individuals and smaller groups being able to also take part in real time via the web.


Play with us! May 1, 2008!

Join us in person in Wroclaw or on-line - or contact us if you want to create a simultaneous event! Jan Borysewicz, Leszek Cichonski, Krzysztof Jaworski, Zbyszek Krebs, Jacek Królik, Marek Raduli, Mietek Jurecki, Wojciech Pilichowski, Ryszard Sygitowicz, as well as Carlos Johnson (USA), Egon Poka (Hungary), David Price (USA), A.G. Weinberger (Romania), Party Blues (Germany) and others. And you?

GUITARISTS OF ALL COUNTRIES UNITE!!!

World Guitar Day 2007 Breaks previous Guinness World Record!!! - 1,881 guitar players playing together in Wroclaw Guitar City!!!

Read about on the BBC.

Founded in 2003 by Polish guitarist Leszek Cichonski in tribute to Jimi Hendrix, and an annual event since, the "Thanks Jimi Festival" takes place in the Rynek (Old Town Square) of the beautiful medieval city of Wroclaw (aka Breslau), Poland. The festival has grown into the largest guitar event in the world after securing the Guinness World Record for the Largest Guitar Orchestra in 2006 with 1,581 confirmed guitar players (including Wroclaw city mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz who participates every year) all playing together simultaneously (and official estimates of an additional 15,000 people in attendance). The event is transforming into the center of an annual 1st of May "World Guitar Day" and is expanding significantly with satellite events happening simultaneously around the world as well as private individuals and smaller groups being able to also take part in real time via the web.

2008 only looks to be bigger than last year's record breaker. Please join us in a day of universal, positive creative celebration and a new UNION and solidarity (this is Poland after all...) of guitar.

"With the power of soul, anything is possible" -J. Hendrix

The INCREDIBLE Thanks Jimi festival's promo-video on YouTube.

While it is in Polish, anyone can learn the songs here: http://fanclub.cichonski.art.pl/grg.htm

Some of those that joined us last year - from Sweden: http://www.surrealismmusic.bravehost.com/jimifestival.html

http://fampersson.se/

And Berlin: http://www.rockinberlin.pl/rock_pliki/page0002.htm

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the city of Wroclaw in making this event happen! It would not be possible otherwise.

WROCLAW GUITAR CITY!

Please join us! Contact us via e-mail


Cichoński Tour in Australia



from 27/09. till 7/10. Leszek Cichonski plays gigs in Australia.

He will play in Sydney, Perth and two concerts at the Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival in Narooma www.bluesfestival.tv/artists.html

Leszek will have a real blues company - Dave Hole's rhythm section Band : Ace Follington - drums, Roy Daniel - bass and also Lez Karski ( guitarist, song writer and record producer worked with Flash & The Pan, Midnight Oil, Spy v Spy) - visite 'The Nervous Investors' site .

Tour schedule :
27/09 Sydney - the Bridge Hotel
28/09 Narooma Blues festival.
30/09 Narooma Blues festival.
2/10 -Perth Blues Club
5/10-The Palace Hotel, Wagin
6/10-The Cracovia Club, Perth


John "Broadway" Tucker again in Poland !!!

  • 21.06. - Legnica [ klub 'Spiż' ]
  • 22.06. - Lubin [plener]
  • 23.06. - Domecko [stary dom]
  • 24.06. - Tychy [plener]
  • 27.06. - Zabkowice [ZOK]
  • 28.06. - LEGNICA [SPIŻ]
  • 29.06. - Gniezno ['Pod Piatka']
  • 30.06. - Walbrzych [ '9 fala' ]
  • 1.07. - Bogatynia [ BOK]
  • 4.07. - Skierniewice [Polonia]
  • 5.07. - Otwock - Hefajstos
  • 6.07. - Malbork - Osrodek Kultury
  • 7.07. - Olsztyn [' Blues Nights Festival']
  • 8.07. - Gdynia [Pokład]
  • 10.07. -Glubczyce
TOUR in the Europe :
  • 13 July - Bignasco, Ticino [Switzerland]
  • 15 July - Macerata [Italy]
  • 17 July - Chieti [Italy]
  • 19 July - Perugia [ Italy]
  • 21 July - Bergamo [??] [Italy]

back to the Poland :
  • 25.07. - Wrocław [RURA]
  • 26.07. - Bolesławiec
  • 27.07. - KRAKÓW Pub jezdziecki "Stare Konie"
  • 28.07. - Tychy
  • 01.08. - Nowa Sól [NDK]
  • 02.08. - Swinoujscie
  • 3.08. - Szczecin
  • 5.08. - Zielona Góra [Piekarnia Starej Kobiety]


BBC News informs:

Almost 2,000 musicians have gathered in the Polish city of Wroclaw to play a rock anthem by Jimi Hendrix.

The guitarists were aiming to set a new Guinness World Record by gathering 1,881 guitarists in the city's market square to play Hey Joe.
......... it was the biggest guitar ensemble in recorded history, though Guinness has not yet officially confirmed the feat.
more http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6613261.stm

The Guitar Record fans just finished an english version of "Guitar Emotions" fanclub website . Invite to visite and register please .




"Thanks Jimi Festival" 1st of May - WORLD GUITAR DAY !!!

"With the power of soul, anything is possible" - J. Hendrix

GUITARISTS OF ALL COUNTRIES UNITE!!!

        Founded in 2003 by Polish guitarist Leszek Cichonski, the "Thanks Jimi Festival" has taken place annually in the Rynek (Old Town Square) of the beautiful medieval city of Wroclaw, Poland. The "Thanks Jimi Festival" has grown into the largest guitar event in the world after securing the Guinness World Record for the Largest Guitar Orchestra in 2006 with 1,581 confirmed guitar players all playing together simultaneously (and official estimates of an additional 15,000 people in attendance). The event is transforming into the center of an annual 1st of May "World Guitar Day" and is expanding significantly with satellite events happening simultaneously around the world as well as private individuals and smaller groups being able to also take part in real time via the web. 2007 only looks to be bigger than last year's record breaker. We hope you will join us in a day of global, positive creative celebration and a new UNION and solidarity (this is Poland after all...) of guitar.

Be a part of making the 1st of May WORLD GUITAR DAY !!!

         This is a new idea and a spontaneous MOVEMENT - we have fans in some specific 'hubs' (Berlin , Munich, Polish Radio in New York, Brazil, Sweden, Australia, and more joining every day) who want to celebrate The 1st of May - World Guitar Day with us. Some of these groups (and, hopefully, others) will host smaller local gatherings at the same time and webcast those events back to us in Wroclaw and we can show these live (and possibly later in the event) to the crowd in Wroclaw via our large screen monitors. If you want to organize something like this, CONTACT US!

We want everyone who wants to take part to be able to. If you want to be a part of it, we want you to be a part of it!

We have confirmation from Guitar Player Magazine's "Guitar Player Television" for promotion of this Idea and the event!

Help US make the 1st of May - WORLD GUITAR DAY !!!







Leszek Cichonski at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival

After good reviews that the latest album "Come Together - Live" that Leszek Cichonski recorded with John "Broadway" Tucker and Wojciech Karolak received across the Ocean, the Polish musicians got a preliminary proposition followed by an official invitation to the Monterey Bay Blues Festival - the venue which used to host Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, among others.


Cichonski and the John "Broadway" Tucker Band kicked off the night concert on June 24th at The Main Stage of the festival. The first tune to be heard was our guitarist's composition "Thanks Jimi" That was the Pole's first performance on the famous Monterey stage. Apart from Leszek, Tucker's band included bassist David Price, remembered from the album, and Bili Turner who played drums for Albert King and Junior Wells. The following day, the band did their second gig during the festival, this time at the outdoor Garden Stage.

More info, photos, mp3 and video from the concert is available on Cichonski's fan club site http://fanclub.cichonski.art.pl/




Thanks Jimi Festival - a tribute to Hendrix

        1581 guitars played Jimi Hendrix's blues-rock hit 'Hey Joe' at the Old Town Square in Wroclaw, Poland, on the 1st of may 2006, last week. This event sets a new Guinness' World Record for the largest number of guitars simultaneously playing the same song. This was the fourth attempt: last year 1201 guitars participated in the event. The previous record (1555 guitars) belonged to Epiphone - the American guitar producer.


        The attempt took place during the 'Thanks Jimi Festival' dedicated to the music of the world's best known guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. It was organized on the initiative of Leszek Cichonski - a respected musician and music educator from Wroclaw, Poland, who wants to attain a goal of teaching guitarists a new Hendrix's song every year.


        1581 guitars from all over Poland, as well as from countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden and the USA, gathered at the Old Town Square in Wroclaw despite the rain falling persistently since the day before. Until the last moment the weather forecasts were not optimistic, putting the whole event in danger but just before the general rehearsal (electric & acoustic guitars tuning) by 3 p.m. the rain suddenly stopped. When at 4 p.m. the orchestra conducted by Leszek Cichonski performed 'Hey Joe' the sun was shining! Thanks to... Jimi? Additionally, the world's largest guitar orchestra performed the hits: 'Little Wing', 'Red House', 'Wild Thing' , as well as Cichonski's own 'Thanks Jimi'.


        The idea was born nearly ten years ago during the summer blues guitar workshop held by Cichonski in Zakrzewo, when 16 participants have played together 'Hey Joe' for the first time. The idea to play this song by hundreds of guitars has been maturing for many years.


Even though the record was set, the 'Thanks Jimi Festival' will be continued in the next years.


Guitar Guinness Record - photo gallery





The First of May - Guitar Day

In May 2005, 1201 guitarists gathered in Wroclaw's historic Old Town Square to play Hendrix's songs together, with an estimated 15.000 additional observers in the audience.

This time we're meeting each other on May 1st 2006 on Wroclaw's Market Place in the city centre. It´s gonna be our 4th attempt to beat the Guitar Guinness Record and third edition of "Thanks Jimi Festival".

(44kB)So far the world biggest guitar orchestra was performing on american´s EPIPHONE guitar producer anniversary, where 1555 musicians were assembled playing together.

As in the past three years, the festival will be preceded by a two-month educational workshop via mass media and the internet. "My idea was to teach people Hendrix's songs so that we would be able to play them together," says Cichonski. "And step by step we mastered three songs."

So if you are either a professional axeman or an amatour, present or would be, male or female... and if you still aren't hooked on this fest reading the above description, you never will! But mark these words, Wodstock Fest. was only once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. So was Altamont Fest. THANKS JIMI FEST is ahead of them - it was reproduced succesfully for the third time. Contrary to them both - THANKS JIMI FEST is alive, well and kicking.

Your help and contribution is highly appreciated!
You can download the event info and send it to your friends.

Spread the word on your guitar and music forum!!! Let's make it an international event this year! Well, we hope to see you guys in Wroclaw soon!



Concerts - France, Netherlands, Germany !!!

Leszek Cichoński will play eleven concerts during his european tour.

Besides the "Jimi & Rory" festival in Lens, our blues-rock quartet will play at the Blues Sur le Zinc Festival in Beauvais - the biggest blues show in France.

Mfa Kera (voc.) and Mike Russel (guit.) are going to join Leszek at the berlin show whitch also shapes up well and interesting!

(click on the picture to see a poster)


Tour dates:

France:

03.03 - de Loison sous Lens - master class guitar workshop
04.03 - de Loison sous Lens "Jimi & Rory Festival"   Gwyn ASHTON & Leszek CICHONSKI 


05.03 - NARGIS - Le Martin Pecheur
06.03 - Paris "One Way" Saint Quin - jam session
10-11.03 - Beauvais - Blues Sur le Zinc Festival

Netherlands

12.03 - VAALS- HET VEREINSHOES
13.03 - Nijmegen  Café Odessa

Germany

16.03 - Berlin  Klub "Werkstatt der Kulturen"
17.03 - Osnabruck - Kulture In
18.03 - Cottbus - Bebel Club



New Tour in France



Leszek Cichonski will play in France in March - see:
http://perso.numericable.fr/~blues/intro_company.html.

It will be a special concert on 4th of March in a club where Jimi Hendrix had started his French Tour in 5th of March 1967. The Concert is a tribute to Hendrix and Rory Gallagher . It will be a guitar top meeting - Cichonski will share the stage with Gwyn Ashton.

A day before he will lead master class guitar workshop ( see a poster ).



We're in the Guitar Player Magazine!!!


   

The World's biggest guitar magazine "Guitar Player Magazine", in its October issue, printed an extensive article about Thanks Jimi Festival!

<- Click the picture to see and read it! (pdf)

Then, all the record holders who are in the photo are in Guitar Player Magazine as well :)
Send this photo to your friends!



Leszek Cichoński SINGS!!!

Those who were at Thanks Jimi Festival'05 may not be surprised, but the rest will be for sure! After all it's hardly possible for someone who has only played the guitar for nearly 25 years to suddenly start singing!!! AND YET HE DID IT :-) "A JEDNAK" :-)
listen to Johnny Winter's composition - Leland Mississippi Blues - recorded live at record holders meeting in August: Leszek_Cichonski_Lelannd Mississippi blues.mp3



Leszek Cichoński will play as a guest on a part of a tour with Bulldog Gravy...

Bulldog Gravy is a post industrial jug band playing country blues of the 21st century. Their music proves that blues - even nearly acoustic blues - can be still played in an innovative and exciting way. What's interesting is the instrumentation used by the bluesmen. On the stage, besides overdrive harp, and electric and acoustic guitar you're going to see drums made of an old suitcase, some cardboard boxes, pots, a frying pan, and bike chains...

Listen to how it goes!!! Download Bulldogs' MP3 here:
buldog_gravy1-01.mp3
buldog_gravy2.mp3

    Tour details below:

  • 18.11.2005 Torun - Blues Meeting
  • 19.11.2005 Konin - klub Energetyk
  • 20.11.2005 Gdynia - Poklad Club
  • 21.11.2005 Warszawa - Dekada ( z Leszkiem )
  • 22.11.2005 Częstochowa "ASK " ( z Leszkiem )
  • 24.11.2005 Ostrołeka klub "AVALON" ( z Leszkiem )
  • 25.11.2005 Bialystok - Jesień z Bluesem ( z Leszkiem )
  • 26.11.2005 Ciechanów - Kawiarenka Artystyczna ( z Leszkiem )
  • 27.11.2005 Wrocław - Guitar Workshop Festival


New album of John Tucker and Leszek Cichoński is on sale now!

 

"Come Together - Live" is a live record of Tucker and Cichoński featuring Wojciech Karolak. It is a feast for fans of Hammond, the sound of Leszek's guitar and the brilliant voice of John Tucker. The album includes blues standards, and the title piece "Come Together" and "Unchain My Heart" - worldwide hits in blues-rock versions; listen to some of the new album - www.cometogether.it-self.pl



1201 guitarists played together - the Thanks Jimi Festival '05



In May 2005, 1201 guitarists gathered together in Wroclaw's historic Old Town Square to play Hendrix songs together, with an estimated 15.000 additional observers in the audience.

The Thanks Jimi Festival was organized by master guitarist and Hendrix interpreter Leszek Cichonski, who will lead the crowd in playing "Hey Joe," "Little Wing," "Wild Thing," and "Red House," as well as introducing performances by Tommy Emmanuel, John Brodway Tucker Band, Hungarian Solti/Poka/Toth Rock Band and some of Poland's finest guitarists.



   

As in the past two years, the festival was preceded by a two-month educational workshop via mass media and the Internet. "My idea was to teach people Hendrix songs so that we would be able to play them together," says Cichonski. "And step by step we mastered three songs."

So if you are either a professional axeman or an amatour, present or would be, male or female... and if you still aren't hooked on this fest reading the above descrioption, you never will! But mark these words, Wodstock Fest. was only once-in-a- lifetime occurrence. So was Altamont Fest. THANKS JIMI FEST is ahead of them - it was reproduced succesfully for the third time. Contrary to them both - THANKS JIMI FEST is alive, well and kicking. You can make it even better - BE THERE THE NEXT YEAR OR JUST BE SQUARE !!!


...to see more amaizing photos click: photo gallery - GRG 2005



Thanks Jimi Festival in Wroclaw, Poland
Saturday May 21, 2005

zapowiedĽ w Guitar Player

We expect over 1555 guitarists playing together "Hey Joe" and other Hendrix hits.
Your help and contribution is highly appreciated!
You can download the event info Spread the word on your guitar and music forum!!! Let's make it an international event this year!
Well, hope to see you guys in Wroclaw soon! Cheers!



The VBB concert Tour in Poland

nagranie z rekordu 2004    

A new international Cichonski's blues project VBB (Viesegrad Blues Band)!
The VBB concert Tour in Poland!

Visit the site http://www.visegradbluesband.com to listen mp3's recorded live in Prague concert .

  • 11.03. Rybnik - Teatr Ziemi Rybnickiej 19.00
  • 12.03. Ciechanow - Pub GAWRA 20.00 (ul.¦ciegiennego 10/35 )
  • 13.03. Gdynia - Pokład Club - 20.00
  • 14.03. Warszawa - Dekada Club - 20.00


  • Concert Tour
    Carlos Johnson & Leszek Cichonski "Guitar Workshop"


    Paweł Serafiński - Hammond Organ
    Robert Szewczuga - bass
    Bartek Niebielecki - drums
    Leszek Cichoński- guitar

    29th oct.-15th nov. 2004y.


    See video LIVE (29 Mb)

    Booking Agent:
    Art Management
    Grażyna Górka


    tel. (+48 71) 341 11 15
    tel./fax (+48 71) 780 78 64
    e-mail:
    biuroart@art-management.com.pl
    g.gorka@art-management.com.pl



    GRG in the World internet

    A new "Thanks Jimi Festival" with guitar record and last Leszek's CD "Thanks Jimi" have been noticed in the world:
    http://www.hendrix-links.de/guitarrecord04.html
    http://cdbaby.org/stories/04/07/16/5721302.html
    http://www.grooveyardrecords.com/leszek.html

    Visit our galleries:
    GRG 2003
    GRG 2004


    Guitar Record 2004

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    Leszek Cichonski doesn't stop to promote Jimi's music in Poland. A new "Thanks Jimi Festival" with guitar record took place in Wroclaw, Poland. 916 guitar players played together Hey Joe, Little Wing and Wild Thing... - it was a real wild thing :-) . It was two month educational company in newspapers, radiostations and internet to let people learn Jimi's songs. Leszek's idea is to learn them a news song each year and play a whole program together. It doesn't metter that we don't have world Guinness Record /but Europe for shure :-) - The most important is the thrue UNI VIBE of hearts, minds and our souls !!! during performance Hendrix's songs. 15 top Polish guitarplayers joined the Festival. A special guest was Roland Parker, he and his manager were very impressed.
    As you can see on the pictures there are some really young Jimi guitar players. There is a good chance that the spirit of Jimi will be kept by a new guitar player generation.




    Real Blues Tour

    John `Broadway´ Tucker Band was touring with Leszek whole month . Also joining the group was Wojciech Karolak, best known Hammond player in Poland and known through Europe.

    The Band did 24 shows in 23 cities in about 30 days. They headlined five the best blues festival in Poland . They also played clubs and culture center gigs /see photo gallery /link. These latter venues were often high-end events in beautiful, ornate, older facilities, like grand ballrooms. They were all treated like stars and got a lot of press. What a great experience! John Tucker´s website is:
    http://www.bluemovierecords.com

    John "Broadway" Tucker - Vocal
    David Price - bass
    Jim Norris - drums
    Wojciech Karolak - Hammond Organ
    Leszek Cichonski - guitar



    Videoclip "Foxy Lady" (Cichonski/Skibby &Anika) here:
    ftp://ftp.mp3.wp.pl/video/foxy_lady.mpg /40Mb -but it rocks/



    GUITAR GUINNESS RECORD

    Guitar Guinness Record set by Leszek Cichonski - one of the best Polish guitar players

    On 10-th of may, in the center of gorgous Polish city Wroclaw, the biggest so far guitar band lead by Leszek Cichonski has set the new Guinness Record in simultaneous playing Jimi Hendrix's super hit "Hey Joe".

    The jury has officialy confirmed 588 guitarist taking part in this unique event, and will enter the achievement in The Guinness Record Book.

    There were adults, kids, teenagers, males, females, punks, former hippis, rockers, rappers, tecno fans, bluesmen, pop guitarists, music students, beginners, maestros and more - all united in one more tribute to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.

    Check out pictures there




    According to Gitara i Bas Magazine readers Leszek Cichonski has got Aword Guitar Top 2003 y. - The Best Polish Blues Guitarplayer - !!!

    • The Guitar Top 2003 Final Concert with Krzysztof Scieranski.



    -The Last disc "Thanks Jimi" has got a few prestigious Awards of Polish Music Magazines "

    Awards :

    BLUES TOP AWARDS
    The Best Polish Blues Album 2001- Thanks Jimi -a tribute to Jimi Hendrix,
    The Best Polish Blues Guitar Player 2001 - Leszek Cichonski
    The Best Polish Blues Famale Singer 2001 - Anika ( first apearience on a CD )

    (according to Twoj Blues/Your Blues magazine).

    GUITAR TOP 2001 AWARDS :

    The Best Polish Rock Guitar Album - ;Thanks Jimi - a tribute to Jimi Hendrix !!!,
    The Best Polish Rock Guitarplayer - Leszek Cichonski !!!
    (according to Gitara i Bas Magazine )

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